Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting



The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)
3.30.12
Title: The Pledge
Author: Kimberly Derting
Rating:


Goodreads Synopsis:
In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed. 


Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.


Teasers: 
"You saw me last night, but I didn't intrigue you then. You barely noticed me."


"The farther we moved away from the city's core, the thinner the masses grew, until it was just the two of us, and the occasional straggler, who remained in the night."


"And when I read the words written on the page, I drew in a sharp breath."


Review:
I am finding that I am really enjoying dystopian books and this book is no exception. Charlaina (or Charlie as she is called) is a rebel without even knowing it. She understands all the languages she comes in hearing range to.  She became a hero of sorts for me because she rebels in a subtle way. She doesn't harm anyone but she also doesn't bend to the language restrictions naturally.  Even though she naturally breaks this language law she strives to keep it hidden. At first I didn't like her character because she sounded to good. Meaning that I thought she was perfect (we all we can't be perfect). She is thrust into a situation so foreign to her it could have seemed like she was facing a new planet and yet she managed to handle it with grace that sometimes only royalty can make it seem like nothing (wink wink). 


Charlie's family holds a huge secret that changes her life (read it!) and it puts her in both harm and in the path of Max. She can't seem to trust him and at the same time does because she doesnt exactly know who he is (he doesn't seem to fit into that nice little box that others do) which makes her wary of him (but I mean he's irresistible so shes pretty much doomed).


I loved (and I do mean LOVE) this book because just about every chapter it had me doing this :O
Most books I can pretty much guess who is who and what is going to happen but with The Pledge, 98% of the time my predictions were wayyyy off. The characters were interesting and kept me curious as to their true selves. The plot kept me begging for more when I turned the last page. I cannot wait for January for the sequel to come out!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)3.26.12

Synopsis:
Choose between five different groups of people (factions), that is what Beatrice has to do. You have to choose one group after living your first sixteen years in your family's faction.

Each faction works hard at one particular virtue. You have Candor who cultivate honesty, Amity who cultivate peace, Erudite who cultivate intelligence, Dauntless who cultivate bravery, and Abnegation who cultivate selflessness.

At the age of sixteen, Beatrice along with other sixteen year olds are given a test that will help them make the choice between factions. Only she doesn't completely fit into one particular faction as others are. Beatrice learns about herself, fear, and most of all how different she is and whether that is a good thing or a bad thing in the world she lives in.

Review:
I have read tons of books over my many years of having my face in a book and I have not read a book that is quite like Divergent ( I'm going to take the risk and say that it is a bit similar to The Hunger Games series in the way people live in separate groups). Beatrice is a young girl who doesn't exactly know who she is (do any of us really though?) but she is willing to take a leap and try to figure that out. She felt like such a real person because she struggles through all those crazy stages that we all do, life in general , death, choices, love, friendship, etc. I enjoyed the journey she makes in this book. She isn't afraid to face her fears. She has the courage to change when others cant seem to do it. She is dauntless, but she also has a bit of all the other four factions in her, which just adds to my liking her (why only be one great thing when we can be many great things?). She proves that  small girls can do big things in a big world.

Tris (she changes her name) is also a rebel even if she herself either doesn't want to own up to it or doesn't actually realize which I though was awesome because why conform to how society wants you to be instead of being the person that you truly are. The suspense is there and breathing oh so softly in the back of your mind, throughout the book, for Tris never knows if someone will catch her in the biggest lie that she's made (I don't condone lying, mind you).

She meets Four (yeah trying figuring out what his name means) who is continually there throughout the initiation helping her keep her secrets. I did see the true identity of Four from five miles away (you guys probably did too), it was so painfully obvious that I was not even a tiny smidgen shocked.

Awesome Quote:
"Abnegation is what I am. It is what I am when I'm not thinking about what I'm doing. It is what I am when I am put to the test. It is what I am even when I appear to be brave."

Overall I really liked this book because it sends a strong message of being yourself and not giving into your fears. I have given this book
  beautiful birdies. The end kept me wanting more (I am certainly and most assuredly going to look for the sequel...as soon as I get done with the books I have sitting on my bookshelf). Seriously though, if you haven't read this book, read it.



Sunday, March 25, 2012

What? You hate The Hunger Games? :O

 Ladies and gentlemen (if there are any gentlemen reading my blog), I have recently had the pleasure of finding a young lady who says she hates the Hunger Games. 

:O

I was completely shocked because I have only ever read of people saying that they absolutely love the series. Well no ladies and gentlemen I have found someone who hates it and isn't afraid to say something.

I will be interviewing this young lady soon as well as posting my own personal review on the Hunger Games.

-martha :D

Monday, March 19, 2012

My first ever giveaway!

Well because I am so new to this, I decided to hold a giveaway for a lucky follower. I try to write what is on my head and hopefully the people who are actually reading my ramblings understand. Also hoping that my followers can leave me some advice as to how to make my blogs better. Oh and I also thought you guys deserved it for making head or tails of my aforementioned ramblings. :D 

Very much hoping to reach 50 followers by the due date. The winner of my first ever giveaway will be able to choose $10 worth of any book(s) from kindle (sorry guys I would do more but I am a broke college student :D).

Good luck!
-martha :D


The Overtaking By Victorine E. Lieske

I took forever reading The Overtaking. And no it wasn't because of the book, the reason I took so long to read it was because of work and well life I guess.


So this book is about a guy, Shayne, who can reads people's minds (cool power in my opinion). Well he meets a girl, Danielle in a very weird way....well he meets her three times actually (you'll have to read it to find out how ). He goes on a crazy adventure with his friends and Danielle to try and figure out why aliens are taking his people. Together they attempt to stop these aliens from completely destroying the peaceful life that reigned prior to these aliens.


This particular book seemed kind of fast-paced. At the beginning Shayne had only just found out about the invasion and of the people that were missing and then the next second he was meeting Danielle. I really like the plot, even though it was fast. I like reading about survival and all the trials these "last" persons go through to be the "last one standing". 


Danielle, I felt, was a bit annoying for me. She like Shayne but yet she is helping the bad guys alter his memories and mask his powers. I felt like asking her, "What kind of species goes to another planet to just help out that species from killing each other?" 
Shayne, was a survivor. Even after all that they kept doing to him, he still came back. He fought for his freedom instead of give into what the aliens were doing. 


In the end I give this book . Enjoyed it but didn't enjoy it enough to give it .


-martha :D

My overflowing kindle.

I was just checking my kindle on amazon.com and I've noticed that I currently own 171 kindle books! I've read maybe 15-20 of those. Most of these books are also from authors who rely heavily on people like us to spread their books around. Also I've gotten most of these for free!


I've also realized that I usually read these kindle books around midnight. Not entirely sure why (probably because I don't need my light on to read them :D ). So I have decided that after I read the books that I have sitting on my bookshelf I will honor the authors and their hard work and try and read all these kindle books that I haven't gotten around to reading as well as reviewing them.


So readers, tell me, do you guys have this many kindle books too?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Advice?

For the sake of my reviews and the people out there who give them a read, I am trying to become a better writer. I was wondering if you guys (whoever is actually reading this) can give me any pointers, advice, suggestions as to how to become a better writer. 


See my thing is that I tend to ramble and sometimes I can;t say what I am thinking. I also tend to forget grammatical rules so that is why my reviews have some errors in them.


So any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.


-martha :D


P.S. For your viewing pleasure I threw in a picture of the adorable Robert Pattinson.

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick


"The sequel to the New York Times Bestseller Hush Hush"


In this sequel to Hush Hush, Crescendo continues the story of Nora and Patch. 


Patch has become her guardian angel as we read in the previous book. Nora is over the moon happy. Things start to change when Patch becomes a little bit too interested in Nora's rival, Marcie Miller, who in turn just loves to shove that bit of information in Nora's face whenever she can.When an old family friend, Scott Parnell, shows up with secrets concerning her dad, she cant seem to stay as well. 


I don't know about everyone else but Nora got on my nerves in this book! Not only does she think she is right about everything she wont give anyone, especially Patch a chance to tell his side of the story, explain why he is doing what he is doing. She knows there are things out there that she has to watch out for but she doesn't make it an importance in her life, even though it has to do with her relationship with Patch. Nora is too whiny and insecure, in my opinion. She also doesn't seem to see the danger that is front her face or hear the warnings that are spoken to her. Overall I think she annoyed me quite a bit.


I missed the sarcasm that Patch brought to the story in the first book because Nora was keeping him away for most of the book. I thought is was a pretty good book even though I wanted to knock some sense into Nora (if she were real). 


Overall I give this book   .


-martha :D



Sunday, March 11, 2012

A bit of awesomeness ...

I'd like to share a little bit of awesomeness that happened to me today. 


As I was getting ready for work today, I received an email notification. 

It read " Hi! Martha, you have been the lucky winner of my giveaway, athttp://booksaremywayofliving.blogspot.com/".


:O

I had won Ruty's first giveaway(you can check out her blog at http://booksaremywayofliving.blogspot.com), for which the gift consisted of three books.

Because I have never won anything like this in my life, I was super excited! I seriously had not even contemplated for a second that I would win. These are the books:
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So anyway, I would just like to say thank you once again to Ruty for the books. I will definitely read them and post a review. 

I, myself, will be having a giveaway soon so keep on checking in to find out the details.

-Martha :D

Friday, March 9, 2012

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Mafi's new book, Shatter Me, is about a a young girl names Juliette. Juliette isn't like you and me, who do not even have to think about the repercussions when hugging a loved one, or kissing your spouse/boyfriend goodnight. Juliette has an ability that will not allow her to touch anyone or be touched because there is a chance that she could kill them, that is until they lock her up with Adam. To make matters worse, a crazy leader is after her and her powers, to try and use her to maintain his control. When Adam is apparently able to actually touch her all the craziness begins as well as the adventure.

Just in love with how Mafi wrote this book. We learn ALL the things Juliette is feeling, thinking, saying, wishing, regretting. We learn how many days she has felt unwanted by her parents , by society, by other children (when she was younger), because everyone is so afraid that she will just become angry and kill them with a single touch, even though she is the gentlest person around. I felt like everyone who reads this is going to be feel so connected to Juliette because as humans we all feel like we aren't worthy enough of something because of some reason or another. Absolutely loved how I could relate to her heartbreak (any many who read it will as well) at having that feeling of all hope lost.

I became so amazed at how strong Juliette is. Not only does she learn more about herself in the short time that Adam is "thrown into her cell", but she learns that she can be in control and not be controlled in a world who only wants to lock her up or use her for selfish and dangerous gains. 

I have given this book 
It was just that amazing. Shatter Me is the rare kind of book that you just instantly fall in love with and becomes a favorite. If you have not read this book you are seriously missing out on an awesome book.

Martha :)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce


Being a girl, I've always been told that girls can do anything that boys can do.

Alanna takes that saying very seriously when she decides to switch places with her twin brother and go off and live the very hard life that is training to become a knight for the realm of Tortall. Knowing that if she even mentioned the desire to become a lady knight she would be faster sent to become a lady to rid her of any such desires, which is how she comes up with idea of switching places (do all twins do this at one time or another?).

Inspiring: That is how I found this book. Keep in mind that I do not condone lying to achieve ones goal. I do however know what it feels like to have a dream and going for it with all your heart because you know that you are doing what you love. Alanna will inspire any girl to go for those dreams even if it might not be the dream that society wishes her to have.

Alanna is such a great and spunky character that I automatically felt a connected to her only a few pages in. She, with the help of the realms prince, a city thief (who is considered a king in his own right), and a man at arms (a guard) learns that even though she is a girl, girls can be just as legendary as boys can (maybe even more).

This is a great book that young girls should read. I felt like the main message was to always follow your dreams and not let what society thinks of you hinder you in any way, shape or form.
I have given this book   
Highly recommend this book for pre-teen girls (especially), but any girl any age should give it a read.

Illuminated by Erica Orloff


What do you do when you find that person that you just know you are meant to be with? What about if there is a person who you can hear talking to you even though they've been dead for hundreds of years guiding you to their last bit of hope? This book is filled with such love from the characters. This book has just about every kind of love you can possibly think of: father to son love, niece to uncle love, daughter to father love, and that's only naming a few.

As I read this book, I felt as though my own heart was growing with each word. Callie and August feel so much love for each other as well as their cause that it almost made me want to cry with how big I felt my heart. Their love isn't one of those dark, dangerous love that we read in other books their love is the kind of love that envelopes you like a soft blanket during a cold, stormy night. The kind that makes you want to stay in bed for the rest of your life.

Callie and August go on the search of a lifetime to France in order to find evidence of Heloise and Abelard's own love. Love that is slowly being forgotten. Love that in my opinion created something wonderful, something that left proof of their existence.

I gave this book 
It took me about 3-4 hours to finish this book because I just fell in love with the idea that no matter all the things that life throws our way we will find that one person that makes us feel like we never want to leave this planet just because being with them we are at our most happiest. If you want to sit by the fire and just read an awesome love story I highly recommend that you read Illuminated.

Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne


So for my maiden voyage into what is book blogging I will be reviewing Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne.

I had this book recommended by goodreads.com and it sounded interesting so I decided to borrow it from my local library. It took longer then it would have usually because of work but I just finished it last night around two in the morning (I really wanted to finish it).

This book is about a girl, Kayla, who has lost her parents in a very traumatic way. She begins work as sherpa (wilderness guide) in a state forest to try and get past her "issues" about her parents being murdered. There she becomes attracted to Lucas in ways that frighten her. Little does she know she is part of something bigger...and more wild.

This book started out with a lot of one sided attraction for the "dark" Lucas, as well as interest from Mason, a college guy that is being taken to a certain place in the forest to "study" wolves.  I didn't really like this book because she really likes Lucas and feels such an attraction to him and yet she wants to feel safe and leans toward Mason, instead of following her heart. The antagonist that is after them is apparently only trying to make Lucas look bad and yet he (the antagonist) almost kills Kayla in the process. The antagonist was there and then just like that he was gone. Kayla then has to decide on a huge life changing decision about Lucas because otherwise if he or another male is not there for her she will die.

I did like that there was hiking in this book, there aren't really too many books that have hiking as a huge part of the book but this one does and it describes the forest adequately enough to actually imagine yourself walking along with the characters and seeing what they are seeing.
Overall it was an OK book, perfect for a late night curled up reading about someone else's problems with love, attraction, and learning about themselves.

I have given this book: 
My rating system is on: http://theshortone08.blogspot.com/p/my-rating-system.html
Hope this review helps. Feel free to comment.
Martha :)

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